Frank W. Gerold received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1975. Mr. Gerold then secured a National Association of Securities Dealer’s license and worked with First Investors Corporation for a year, selling mutual funds to investors. In 1979, he earned his Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s School of Law. While in law school, he was elected President of the Criminal Law Association.
Mr. Gerold is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and was sworn into the bar in November 1979. He is currently admitted to the State Bar of Texas, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas, The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Tax Court. For the past 42 years, Mr. Gerold has devoted his practice to civil litigation, primarily in the defense of corporations and individuals involved in commercial, tort and personal injury matters. He has also performed legal services on behalf of Claimants/Plaintiffs in both commercial and personal injury matters involving questions of Texas law. Mr. Gerold has appeared in state and federal proceedings in several jurisdictions including Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee and California. He has also given presentations on Alternative Dispute Resolution, as well as presentations on depositions, discovery, and expert witness practice in Texas. Mr. Gerold was Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization from 1997 – 2007 when he elected not to continue that certification. Mr. Gerold has served and testified as an expert witness on Attorney’s fees.
Since 2010, Mr. Gerold’s practice involved the Defense Base Act and the War Hazards Act. He has handled numerous cases before the OWCP and has tried thirteen (13) cases as sole counsel for Employers and Carriers at Formal Hearings before Administrative Law Judges. Mr. Gerold has also filed appeals of ALJ decisions to the Benefits Review Board. From 2017 – 2018, Mr. Gerold prepared over 110 War Hazard briefs on behalf of Carriers. From 2018 to January 2022, Mr. Gerold was responsible for the workup and handling of approximately 60 cases at the OWCP and OALJ levels. In February 2022, Mr. Gerold left the defense bar and became an attorney at Mainstay Law LLC wherein his representation focuses on helping injured workers entitled to LHWCA and/or DBA benefits.